A Dutch religious order has admitted its guilt in the Catholic sex abuse scandal and offered its deep regret to victims, the NRC and Radio Netherlands report on Monday.
The Salesian order has written to victims saying it is preparing a ‘generous’ compensation package without legal procedures, the news organisation say.
‘It is clear that Salesians are also guilty of committing sexual and emotional abuse and we condemn this unequivocally,’ the letter states, and goes on to acknowledge the failure of the order to prevent or respond to abuse.
It is almost a year since the scandal broke in the Netherlands with revelations that three Catholic clerics from the Don Rua cloisters in ‘s Heerenberg, Gelderland, had abused at least three children in the 1960s and 1970s.
Since then, a government commission has had reports of almost 2,000 cases of abuse within religious institutions. A number of cases will be taken to court.